There is blessedness in God’s presence.

 

Job 11:13,20                                                                                                                                        Job’s friends would lead him to believe that he needed to repent of some sin secret sin “If iniquity be in thine hand, put it away, and let not wickedness dwell in thytabernacles.”(v.14) Some seem to think that the judgment of God was upon him because of his afflictions.

Afflictions are not necessarily a punishment for wrong doing. “Thou hast sinned.” they said.

In this setting is it revealed to Job, and not only to Job, but us as well, the method of repentance, the encouragement to it, and its rewards.

This setting teaches us the process of standing before God.

By a right condition of the heart. Our heart is first to be set right.

We can only return to God with our whole heart “ No man cannot serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other….Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Mt.6:34).

The heart is subject to wander, hence the heart must come back.

Going to church is not necessarily going to God “The Pharisee stood and prayed “God I thank thee, I am not as other are” (Lk.18:11).

Beginning to attempt good works is not always entering the kingdom of heaven.

You must begin with inward and deeper things. Samuel said to the people of Israel “ return unto the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods,” (Isa.7:3).

Seeking God with all your heart implies, serious consideration and firm purpose, suitable frame and disposition, the removal of all secret sin.

We must have a personal approach to God. “stretch out thine hands toward God..” (v.13).

The hands are to be stretched out to God. Stretched out hand was a common attitude in the Old Testament.

Moses stretched forth his hands in ( Ex.9:33) Solomon did the same in (I. Kings 8: 22).

The New Testament in (I.Tim.2:8) declares “I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands,” This is the posture of a suppliant. It is the attitude of prayer, but it signifies more than the offering of a petition.

It suggests that the helpless person is stretching out to God for spiritual deliverance.

A person cannot be saved while he remain at a distance from God. ( Ja. 4:8) declared “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you,”

Our sins and ruin consist in our departure from God, truly, our restoration is accomplished in and by our personal return to God.

We must reject sin. Sin must no longer dwell in our Tabernacles. “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. (Rm.6:1).

We cannot recover God while we retain in sin. We must not only consist in confession and sorrow, the sin itself must be cast off. John said “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance. (Mt.3:8).

Until a person is willing to do this in his heart and life, complete restoration is not possible. Job had lived a life of repents well before his sickness “that man was perfect and up right, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.” (Job1:1).

The happy results of standing before God is a clean and pure heart.

There is freedom from guilt. Those who can stand before God will “lift up” holy hands before his presence, without shame and sin.

God can set us free from the old stain of sin. Confidence takes the place of the shame of sin.

Sorrow seems to be eternal while we have it.

Time is not only a healer, but forgiveness and restoration hasten the process.

A bright reputation. This was Job’s old possession, but he seemed to his friends to have lost it.

Sin tarnishes a good character, but forgiveness and restoration prepares for us a new Christian character.

Darkness must give place to bright daylight. The restored man can lie down in peace, fearing nothing, for God is with him “Yea, thou shalt be steadfast, and shall not fear.“ (Job 11:15).

An evil conscience is fearful. But the cure of sin brings strength and stability “He that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved “ we must keep on, trusting, obeying, following, honouring and working for Christ. Paul said to the Philippians “My brethren, stand fast in the Lord” (Phil. 4:1).

There is always a threefold hostility at work against us the world, the flesh and the devil “ Be sober, be vigilant, because your the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (I. Pt.5:8)

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